Summer Camp Information

Summer Camp COVID Operations

Current Level: GREEN

As a community, we will identify 3 “levels” or “phases” of COVID operations based on the CDC County Checker. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Our precaution levels are based on the COVID-19 Community level in the counties where our camps are located as well as from which counties or cities the majority of our campers reside.

The Levels
GREEN: Low Transmission Rates in the Counties where the camp is located AND low rates in the counties where the majority of campers reside.
YELLOW: Medium Transmission Rates in the Counties where the camp is located OR medium rates in the counties where the majority of campers reside.
RED: High Transmission Rates in the Counties where the camp is located OR high rates in the counties where the majority of campers reside.


Note: to operate fully in the GREEN level, both the camp’s county and the county where the majority of campers reside must have low transmission rate. If one or the other is currently showing higher rates then we may adjust the camp phase to the higher level.

In ALL levels, campers are required to provide proof of up-to-date vaccination OR a negative COVID test 72 – 48 hours prior to arrival at camp. There will be no COVID testing provided at camp; please click the button below to review the 2022 Summer Camp Operations for testing locations and a detailed and full description of what it means for camp to be in each level, and how that applies to you and your camper/s.

At home tests are accepted and you can find FREE tests mailed to you at: https://special.usps.com/testkits

Registration Rates

2 Night Mini Camp Sessions: $228

5 Night Camp Sessions: $455

A $50 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration.

Desert Southwest C&RM Scholarships

It is the belief of Desert Southwest Camp & Retreat Ministries that every camper who wants to attend camp should be able to do so!

Supporters of DSC Camp & Retreat Ministries offer scholarships starting at $50 for Mini-Camp Sessions and $100 for week-long summer camp sessions. Please fill out a Scholarship Request in your registration to apply!

Elementary Camps

Mini Camp, Session 1: June 6 – 8, 2022

Made especially for our youngest campers, Mini-Camp will be the first of many overnight adventures away form home. Mini campers, alongside nurturing counselors, will have a safe and loving-filled week with Mingus favorites: playing gaga ball, riding the junior zipline, and having worship by the campfire. This introductory overnight camp experience is a chance for your camper to learn all about camp and discover what they like best!

3-day, 2-night camp (Mon-Wed) for campers entering grades 1 – 3 in Fall 2022.

Elementary I Camp, Session 2: June 20 – 25, 2022
Elementary II Camp, Session 3: June 27 – July 2, 2022
Elementary III Camp, Session 4: July 4 – 9, 2022

Elementary Camp is filled with new challenges, faith-building experience, and tons of fun for your growing camper. With opportunities to participate in archery, games, fishing, crafts, hiking and more – Elementary camp is one adventure after another. Campers are sure to fill your vehicle with camp songs, great stories, and many laughs on the way home; get ready for a fun ride!

6-day, 5-night camps (Mon-Sat) for campers entering grades 3 – 6 in Fall 2022.

Junior High Camps

Jr High I Camp, Session 2: June 20 – 25
Jr High II Camp, Session 3: June 27 – July 2

This high-energy week is filled with new and old friends, exciting activities, new adventures, and engaging worship. Junior High campers participate in traditional Mingus Mountain camp activities with the added daily freedom to choose new activities – like night ziplining! This week of camp will provide an experience campers will remember for years to come.

NEW! Jr/Sr High Youth Arts Camp,
Session 4: July 4 – 9

This week of camp gives campers the opportunity to embrace their artsy, creative sides! Campers spend each day sharing their creative and original ideas through various art mediums and activities and participate in traditional Mingus Mountain camp experiences. We are excited to provide ample opportunity for campers to practice their artistic passions and instill in them the understanding that they are God’s masterpiece!

Jr/Sr High Night Owls Camp, Session 5:
July 17 – 21

Experience all the joys of camp at this “upside-down” session, but while staying up late (until 2:30 – 3:00am) and sleeping until 11:30 am. Become a true night owl with nighttime hikes, night zipping, glow-in-the-dark painting, night disc golf, and so much more to explore! We’ll share in this fun while growing our faith, growing friendships, and growing our night vision! Who knows? You may not need a flashlight after spending a week in community under the cover of darkness!

6-day, 5-night camp (Mon-Sat) open to campers entering 7th grade in Fall 2022 through Spring 2022 graduated seniors.

Senior High Camps

Senior High Adventures in:

UPDATED! Leadership, Session 2: June 20 – 25, 2022 

This week of camp engages campers to begin the life-long journey of being the leader God has designed and invited them to be. Campers participate in team building activities, small group discussions on servant leadership, opportunities to practice leadership, as well as traditional Mingus Mountain camp activities. This week of camp will encourage each camper to listen to the voice of God within them to partner in building the Kingdom here on Earth through their gifts and talents.

UPDATED! Missions, Session 3: June 27 – July 2

Campers join in the adventure of God’s calling to serve “the lease of these” by spending the week participating in service projects at Mingus Mountain and in the surrounding communities. Campers will also enjoy outdoor experiences such as canoeing Prescott Lake or hiking in the area, and traditional Mingus Mountain camp activities. Our hope is for campers to leave knowing they can make a difference in the world through service to their community!

NEW! Jr/Sr High Youth Arts Camp, Session 4: July 4 – 9, 2022

This week of camp gives campers the opportunity to embrace their artsy, creative sides! Campers spend each day sharing their creative and original ideas through various art mediums and activities and participate in traditional Mingus Mountain camp experiences. We are excited to provide ample opportunity for campers to practice their artistic passions and instill in them the understanding that they are God’s masterpiece!

Jr/Sr High Night Owls Camp, Session 5: July 17 – 21, 2022

Toss the regular camp schedule out the window! Campers stay up late every night, eat meals later, and sleep in until 11:00 am. These “night owls” embark on night hikes, glow-in-the-dark games, midnight dance parties, and the traditional Mingus Mountain camp activities, all while growing their faith, friendships, and possibly even improving their night vision!

6-day, 5-night camp (Mon-Sat) open to campers entering 9th grade in Fall 2022 through Spring 2022 graduated seniors.